New York, NY, January 11, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- The more the business owner knows about the potential contractor, the more confident he/she will be. Each and every development company claims to be the best choice possible on Earth - customer-oriented, reliable, cheaper than others. But it's hardly enough to convince of competence and experience of the team. How and where can more information be gathered?
The most obvious search tool is a search engine. But any search engine would rather show companies with good SEO rather than truly good and experienced developers.
Numerous software developers, freelancers and companies, can be found on specialized marketplaces. Search will help find them around the world, examine profiles, portfolios, reviews, job proposals, visit websites etc. It's a good way of contacting your potential contractors and starting work with more confidence than initially.
Elance, oDesk, Freelancer.com, PeoplePerHour, Guru - there are a lot of them at business owners' service. This is one of the most reasonable solutions to look for remote software developers. Furthermore, these are full-fledged systems of project management and payment management. Relations between the business owner (project owner) and developers (or development companies) are made as clear as possible. Such marketplaces offer their own management tools, such as time trackers, which help check the progress of a particular task. Many development companies work on the basis of hourly rate, which is kept transparent by this software.
LinkedIn is the king here - the most popular place for starting and developing business relationships and establishing new contacts. Specialized groups can give a hint about possible candidates for the software project. The remaining details are similar to those which can be found on marketplaces: profiles, portfolios, reviews and so on.
There are numerous conferences which combine business and the mobile world. The atmosphere of such events and eye-to-eye contact with representatives of development companies can give valuable information that won't be found on the website or in a profile. This might be a good start of long-term partnerships and collaborations on large projects.
App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone Store and BlackBerry World are irreplaceable sources of information, some kind of second portfolio with additional ratings and reviews from users around the world. Active apps (which are usually the latest) are maintained and properly updated, so they should be paid more attention to.
These are main places to gather information and look for a software development partner. There can be additional double check through question-and-answer sources, dedicated forums and blogs, references of companies' clients, or there can be acquaintances who might give a piece of advice, based on their experience. Anyway, no information is excessive, and a business owner might need every little piece of it to choose a worthy software development partner for the project.